Aboriginal Healing, Historical Trauma
"How many times have you heard, 'What is WRONG with that person?' There is nothing wrong with that person, things are HAPPENING or have HAPPENED to that person." Dr Carlie Atkinson
What is Sharing Culture?
Sharing Culture is an education initiative to help Indigenous peoples heal from historical trauma and its consequences (e.g. mental health problems, addiction, suicide), as well as the impact of other adversities, e.g. social and economic disadvantage, experiences of paternalism and racism, and ongoing grief.
Sharing Culture was developed by David Clark, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, who lives in Perth, Western Australia. David collaborates with filmmaker Michael Liu, and is supported by an international network of 40 Advisors/ Healers, the vast majority of whom are world-leading experts in their respective fields.
Sharing Culture is based on the core values of authenticity, connection, courage, creativity, empathy and forgiveness. We adopt a strengths-based, solution-focused approach that celebrates success and cultivates positivity, acceptance and cultural pride. In addition, we use principles known to facilitate healing.
Sharing Culture aims to building educational and storytelling resources that (1) empower Indigenous people to heal, (2) help people create environments in which healing can flourish, and (3) reduce barriers to healing (e.g. racism, paternalism) in wider society.
This website uses Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices to help educate society about trauma and its impact, as well as Indigenous healing and culture. You can read or watch Healing Stories. David blogs on the website.
The Foundation of Our Approach
Sharing Culture recognises that healing from trauma (and its consequences) requires empowerment and connection, and a culturally safe environment. Indigenous people must connect to their culture, land, spirituality, family, community and history to facilitate healing.
Self-determinism is the central foundation of healing. Indigenous communities, families and individuals must own and control their healing process. An holistic approach to health and wellbeing is key, one which incorporates the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental.
Personal and Community Healing Stories empower people by providing hope, understanding and a sense of belonging. Stories of healing initiatives help communities learn from each other, whilst Cultural Stories engender pride and facilitate cultural connectedness.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people must come together to facilitate the healing of Indigenous people. Indigenous knowledge and understanding is key to helping create a society where people have an improved wellness, are more environmentally aware, and are more respectful, caring and empathic towards their fellow man, no matter what his or her culture.
Why not take a Website Tour? Please check About Us and our Testimonials. And our Facebook page for links to other important information. Finally, please read the beautiful, inspiring letter that David received from Rembarrgna traditional healer Miliwanga Wurrben. And check out our Revel project, which is focused on one of Australia's most famous artists.
Alice Eather - 'My Story Is Your Story'
'Let's honour the invisible work of Aboriginal women tackling domestic violence' by Larissa Behrendt
Rather than asking about how to get more Indigenous women to work on the programs they [mainstream services] have designed and are running, perhaps the questions should be how those organisations can support the work Aboriginal women are trying to do within their own community. Empower them to be even greater agents of change within their communities.
Past Popular Blogs
'We must listen to the Dakota Access pipeline protesters, not punish them' by Mark Ruffalo
Last week, I was privileged to spend two days at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Thousands of Native Americans have been camping along the Missouri river for months in an effort to defend clean water and sacred land from the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
'Missions reclaimed as cultural healing centres for Stolen Generations in WA' by Claire Moodie
The irony is not lost on Jim Morrison. The co-convenor of the Bringing Them Home Committee is leading a major new initiative to heal the Stolen Generations from the old office of A O Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines.
Please check out Protect Arnhem Land website
What is healing to me?
Healing was rarely thought of in biomedical terms, and even conventional psychotherapeutic understandings were largely absent. Rather, what emerged is a common theme that healing is ultimately about the reparation of damaged and disordered social relations.
Recovery Stories: 'sister' website
20 Things to Start Doing in Your Relationships
1. Free yourself from negative people: Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded. Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you - people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it.